Researchers have grown groups of brain cells in the lab – known as ‘organoids’ – that produce brain waves resembling those found in premature infants.
Science is creating new living matter – like stem cells grown to create brain tissues in the lab. With power comes responsibility and what matters is an ethical question, not a scientific one.
Crowds assemble at Melbourne’s shrine of remembrance on Anzac Day, April 25, 2018,
Australia is spending cast amounts of money commemorating the war dead, but it's time we took better care of ex-servicepeople who are still living.
By itself Victoria’s memorandum of understanding with China means little. It’s what it could usher in.
Victoria's decision to sign up to China's Belt and Road Initiative opens it up to the same sort of risks as other signatories.
This week’s Fairfax-Ipsos poll gives Labor a 52-48 lead over the government, the best result for the Coalition since Scott Morrison became PM.
The government will take heart from the latest polls showing a bounce in their support, while the micro parties are likely to take seats in the Victorian election.
Botswana’s elephants are officially an economic asset.
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At an international summit in Egypt this month, nations will hopefully make progress towards recognising the economic value of wildlife and other environmental assets.
Sometimes the symptoms of thrush can be caused by other infections.
If symptoms of thrush persist despite treatment, you may have an entirely different condition that would not be helped by anti-fungal creams or tablets.
Clouds roll across Samosir in northern Sumatra.
Despite its global importance, the rainy 'Maritime Continent' around Indonesia is hard to capture using global climate models. But fear not - new research shows how to improve our forecasts.
The SIFA gun lobby is running ads in Victoria targeting Labor in the hopes it can get more pro-gun independent MPs elected.
SIFA claims it wants to 'simplify, not weaken' gun control laws in Australia. But it's following the same playbook as the NRA in America – and hoping for similar results.
Children’s travel needs are a big factor in private car use.
The private car is the default transport option for many families. This reduces physical activity and increases greenhouse gas emissions, with unhealthy results for their children and the environment.
Same-sex marriage has been legal for a year in Australia, but more progress can still be made on gender inequality in marriages and cohabiting relationships.
Marriage equality was a major step forward for Australia. But women in both marriages and cohabiting relationships continue to deal with inequality and gender-prescribed roles.
The tribunal in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is looking at whether some actions of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime meet the United Nations definition of genocide.
A potentially historic ruling on genocide by a tribunal in Cambodia on Friday could unsettle understandings of the past among Cambodians - and create a precedent in international law.
The cast of Opera Australia’s 2018 production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Arts Centre Melbourne.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremburg) is a long, complex work. An ensemble performance by Opera Australia transports Wagner’s 16th-century guild of mastersingers to a modern-day men’s club.
The Sri Lankan president’s sacking of the prime minister and installation of a former strongman has left the country in political limbo.
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Old political rivalries have boiled over in Sri Lanka's worsening political crisis. Some fear possible violence less than a decade after the end of a brutal 25-year civil war.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack visiting the Mulloon Creek Natural Farm.
The farming system, lauded as a solution to drought, involves slowing water flow in streams using 'leaky weirs'.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said Labor MPs disproportionately come from unions.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said "you can’t reflect society if 90% of your members of parliament were chosen from trade unions and worked in trade unions". Let's take a look at the numbers.
The polls are not moving in the right direction for Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
And for the first time since the 1999 republic referendum, those opposed to a republic outnumber those in favour of it.
A number of Australian nursing homes use Paro, a therapeutic robot that looks and sounds like a baby harp seal, to interact with residents with dementia.
It's easy to get excited about the potential for robots to help care for the sick, injured and elderly, but we need the right regulations in place to deal with issues as they emerge.
Democrats celebrate as the US mid-term results come in.
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The highly-anticipated US mid-terms produced mixed results for both major parties – Democrats won the House but Republicans strengthened their hold on the Senate.
Ted Cruz held off a spirited challenge from Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke to help the Republicans hold onto the Senate in a big night for the GOP.
Key victories by pro-Trump, anti-immigrant candidates have confirmed the president's hold on the Republican Party and his ability to turn out his conservative base.
As more mothers re-enter the workforce, employers, governments and schools must support them.
Universal low-cost childcare and workplace flexibility will help mothers return to the workplace and are important investments in the Australian workforce.